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November 11 2013

07:30

October 02 2013

14:25

15 Useful Tissue Textures For Your Designs

In our daily life we use so many things on a daily basis and tissue papers is one of them. The usage of tissue paper increases specially in the summer season. Did you ever see a tissue textured design? No, then have a look at this wonderful compilation. In this creative compilation you will see 15 awesome and appealing tissue textures for your designs. Yes, with these tissue textures you can make you designs more innovative and eye-catching if you use them in right or creative way. Most of the experienced and talented designers are using tissue textures in their designs. You can also download your best tissue textures which suit your up-coming projects free of cost.

Browse through our collection and get inspired. Do share with us what you feel about this compilation. Enjoy this amazing compilation everyone!!!

Tissue paper

Blue tissue paper

Tye Dye Texture 2

Gold Tissue Texture 3

Crinkled Striped Tissue

Grey and yellow spots

Orange Tissue Paper 1

Paper Tissue Texture

White Tissue Paper Red Plastic

Grunge-y Tissue

Tissue Paper 2

Brown tissue paper texture

Texture

Tissue

Chalk Tissue Texture

July 08 2013

06:30

August 20 2012

07:00

March 20 2012

13:00

Free Texture Tuesday: Rust Grab Bag

Today I’m sharing these five various hi-res rust textures. Each one is 4500×3000.






February 21 2012

14:49

Free Texture Tuesday: 5 Rippled Glass Textures

Hi everyone, today I’m providing these interesting and different glass textures. These come from an outdoor patio table I have at my house. It has this grooved and rippled glass as the tabletop. Each image is 4500×3000.






January 02 2012

07:00

November 21 2011

21:00

60 Beneficial And Great Looking Premium Background from Graphicriver

Background is an essential yet often overlooked element of any artwork. A suitable background can turn good design into a great design and correspondingly moderate one into a good one. You can come up with a perfect background within minutes or squeeze something out in days. A good background has to be balanced yet giving the complete look to the artwork. So where to find those neat background for your next project/product presentation/print design and avoid yourself with messing in Photoshop?

Again Graphicriver is the answer. With just over 2000 backgrounds in sales you can be sure you’ll find the right one just for your needs. In this article we’ve compiled various backgrounds ranging from subtle textures and patterns to abstract desktop wallpapers to splendid lighting effects. Large part of these background are print-ready so you can use them in almost any way you can think of. Continue reading and check out these 60 useful and neat premium background from Graphicriver.

1. 101 Web 2.0 Backgrounds ($5)

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Pack include 101 nice and clean web 2.0 style backgrounds for you site templates. 101 Jpegs + 1 PSD with all groups, organized layers, easy to change gradients, size. 150×800.

2. Wavy Abstract Background ($3)

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This is a background in 6 different colors. The files are at height resolution and you can use it anywhere you like. There is a PSD file included so you can change the colors very easy.

3. Light Trails ($4)

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5 unique and fully flexible light trails with 3 different colour variations per trail and 2 examples of how these light trails can be added to your graphics.

4. Extremium Lights ($2)

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Modern backgrounds pack contain fuly customizable backgrounds, 1800×1000 resolution, fully layered PSD file, 7 background colors. Ready to be used for any web. project or aplication.

5. Lighting Backgrounds V2 ($3)

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Lighting backgrounds, especially suited for use in web pages, twitter pages, or any type of project. The way these BG are made it, can enlarge them without losing quality. Changing colors is very easy, you can make the color combination that you like.

6. Backgrounds Web Kit ($4)

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This file was created for every web designer that wants to work less when designing a web site, plus it can help you build an big number of web backgrounds.

7. Carbon Fiber Backgrounds ($9)

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A collection of 20 exclusive background of carbon fiber, ready for the web.

8. Torn Paper Backgrounds ($3)

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You can find included in the package 5 .PSD files (all the themes are separated in a diferent file) and 5 high resolution .JPG’s. CMYK, 300 DPI.

9. Space Web Backgrounds ($4)

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Backgrounds especially for use in web pages, twitter pages, or any type of project. The way these BG are made it, can enlarge them without losing quality. Changing colors is very easy, you can make the color combination that you like.

10. ScratchBG ($2)

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A collection of modern style grunge backgrounds, suitable for use on websites, banners, posters & more.

11. Venera Night Sky ($3)

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Venera Night Sky is abstract background and you can use it anywhere you like. There is a PSD file included so you can make change very easy.

12. Infinite White Floor Spotlight ($5)

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Six modern High resolution Web backgrounds 3000×1875 px 72dpi. Modern and fresh design great for faking a spotlight and photographic ambient.

13. Stylish Mosaic ($2)

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Come’s complete with 7 pre-set color versions for you with an easy to change background to create your own variations.

14. WORN PSD Background ($2)

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A set of six distressed PSD backgrounds in earth tones for you to use in your designs

15. Awesome web 2.0 incorporated clouds ($3)

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Massive, beautiful and peaceful cloud background. Works great as a website background, artwork background, print, anything. Massive resolution of 3508×2480 at 300 dpi.

16. Shape Shift Background ($3)

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Included is a full layered PSD file and 7 different colored JPG images. 3000x2250px.

17. Silk Light Abstract Background ($2)

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4 color variations. Hi-res resolution. There is a PSD file included so you can change the colors.

18. 60 Retro Stripe Grunge Backgrounds ($2)

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This set includes 60 retro stripe textured backgrounds for your design projects. Use them however you like to give your projects a professional look and feel. 1600x1200px.

19. Abstract Background ($2)

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Beautiful backgrounds that are great for desktop wallpaper, web background, mobile phone wallpaper, etc. 3300x2550px, 300 DPI.

20. Beautiful Floating Islands Scene ($6)

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Floating Islands Scene v1 is a page background that can be broken up into many segments and re-arranged completely for a unique look. Ready to go right out of the box. 3000x1230px.

21. Paper Backgrounds ($3)

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Photorealistic pack contain 4 jpegs good quality and 1 PSD to change color and to edit structure of backgrounds. This backgrounds good for templates, blogs and other your stuff. 2700×2072 res. 300 dpi.

22. Vintage Wallpaper ($4)

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Included in the zip file you will find a psd file that contains the illustration and an ai file that is the wallpaper pattern in vector format so you can use it in any way you wish.

23. Studio Backdrops ($3)

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Simulate a realistic studio photo shoot with this 7 backdrops/backgrounds. Great to showcase your products, images, posters, webpages or any type of work. It can also be used for web backgrounds. 4000×2500 px 72dpi.

24. Grunge Old Paper ($2)

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High resolution –  2827×4000px, layered PSD file where you can adjust the intensity of the texture and/or the intensity of the dark edges, 2 JPEG files saved from the PSD, optional torn edges.

25. Vintage Tileable Wallpaper Pack ($11)

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Inside the zip file you will find a full set of individual jpg files of all the tiles for tileable backgrounds for your websites or whatever use you see fit and  a photoshop pattern file which you can load into your photoshop from the preset manager and use them as pattern fills.

26. World Map ($4)

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This is clean layered psd world map classic black / white and lined version included. 4500x3000px.

27. Retro Rays Background ($2)

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12 colors, high-resolution & quality backgrounds – 2400×1680px.

28. Premium Vintage Backgrounds ($5)

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Classic look with an awesome style to use in any design project, website backgrounds, twitter accounts, desktop wallpapers, blogs, etc.

29. Abstract Waves In Colors ($3)

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Abstract Waves In Colors #2 is abstract background at hi-res. There is a PSD file included so you can change the color very easy. 4000×3000, 300 DPI.

30. light & bokeh backgrounds ($4)

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8 amazing colored backgrounds. Very nice light and bokeh effects. 2 styles (with & without lite noise effect).

31. Metal Backgrounds ($4)

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6 Metal backgrounds, 1024×768, jpeg.

32. Massive Abstract Backgrounds ($3)

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Massive Abstract Backgrounds 4 Light Effects. 3 Style of Background (Bokeh,Clean,Dust) 8 colors each. 2560x1600px.

33. Underwater Backgrounds ($2)

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Clean underwater backgrounds at 2 variations, 4 colors, 2560×1600 res, 300 dpi. PSD included and well organized.

34. Retro Paper background ($2)

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Retro Paper background. Full HD resolution (1920×1080px). Background to use in your web design projects andor as your desktop background. Pattern included (200×200px).

35. Faux Leather Textures ($7)

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A collection of 5 faux leather textures perfect for backgrounds, 3D modeling and design projects. Images are all in JPG format sized 3000px x 2000px. Each graphic/texture has been rendered separately, meaning that each texture is unique.

36. 6 Darken Wood Backgrounds ($3)

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6 HQ Wood Backgrounds, 2000×1500 px

37. Halloween Night ($3)

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Scary Pumpkin within a graveyard. Background for designs.2524×3774px.

38. Linen ($2)

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2560x1600px, PSD file included, easily changeable colors and saturation.

39. Abstract color waves ($5)

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Abstract color waves that can be used for a website, presentation or print. Clean colors, well-organized and easy to edit. 2000x1500px, 300 DPI.

40. Plume Background ($3)

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Layered PSD file – 3000×2250px, 72dpi, 5 color variation backgrounds included.

41. Backgrounds Pro 2012 Bundle ($5)

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This file is a Bundle/Collection of 22 different professional backgrounds. These backgrounds come in handy when designing different stage environments to display products, photos and text. 3000x2500px, 300 DPI.

42. Fresh Grass Meadow and Tree ($3)

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A fresh summer morning with mist and a solo tree.

43. Explosive Background ($4)

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Full layered PSD File and 7 different colored jpg images. 3000×2250px.

44. Hi-res Textured Background ($2)

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really textured and detailed. comes in 8 different colors. 2500x2000px.

45. Abstract Aurora Backgrounds ($4)

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Abstract Aurora Backgrounds. 5 Backgrounds, 3 colors each, 15 variations. Use for print, web or design. 2500x1600px.

46. Background 5A ($2)

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Ultra-high quality backgrounds that are great for desktop wallpaper, web background, mobile phone wallpaper, etc. 2 fully editable PSD files, 2400x2000px, 300 DPI.

47. Interior Backgrounds ($4)

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Simulate a realistic studio photo shoot with these 18 background possibilities (3 clean interiors and 5 light set-ups). Great to showcase your products, images, posters, webpages or any type of work. It can also be used for web backgrounds. 4000×2500 px 72 dpi.

48. Paper Holes ($3)

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4 Paper Hole Backgrounds. Including PSD and JPEG at 3072×2304.

49. Denim Background / Texture ($2)

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PSD File Included in 2560×1600 resolution, customizable colors, customizable patterns and effects.

50. Hill and villages ($5)

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Hill and villages with beautiful landscape. PSD included, 300 DPI.

51. Jute Wrap ($2)

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Available for several common resolutions including i-devices, psd included for easy customizations, change color in one go.

52. 10 Retro Graphic Backgrounds ($3)

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10 colored high-resolution & quality backgrounds with halftone elements. 3200×2267px, layered.

53. Vintage Floral backgrounds ($3)

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Vintage Floral backgrounds in 6 colors 2448×3264px.

54. Subtle Wallpaper ($2)

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5 JPEG with different color variations, layered .PSD file, 1920x1080px.

55. Stripes Vintage Background ($2)

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Looks awesome for product presentation, 4 colors, various resolutions up to 2560×1920px.

56. Fabric Backgrounds ($2)

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A palpable background resource for your premium websites or any graphics project.

57. Urban Backgrounds ($3)

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1200×720px, 300dpi.

58. Geometric Grunge Pattern ($2)

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A set of geometric pattern backgrounds with grunge effect (not tileable). Layered PSD file, 4167×2917px, layered vector geometric pattern included.

59. Patterned Paper Set ($3)

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A set of high quality patterned papers. Ideal for use in backgrounds, designs, presentations, wallpapers etc. 3000x2300px.

60. Worn-out Carbon Background ($3)

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The file can be transformed into clean carbon by hiding the “dirt” layer. Layered PSD, 2560×1440px.

August 29 2011

14:36

August 24 2011

14:30

June 13 2011

05:15

A Graphic Design Primer, Part 1: The Elements of a Design

Advertisement in A Graphic Design Primer, Part 1: The Elements of a Design
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There are many elements that make up any visual design, whether it’s good or not. Becoming familiar with the parts of a design is necessary before you can start to apply the principles of good design to your own work, in the same way that a doctor needs to have an understanding of anatomy before he can learn to heal a patient.

There are seven basic elements of any design. Some are easier to grasp than others, but all are important. Once you can identify the elements of a design, whether it’s your own or someone else’s, you can learn how the principles of good design are best applied.

Line

Lines are generally present throughout a design. They can be thick or thin, straight or curved, solid or dashed or dotted. Lines can be any color and any style. Straight lines are often used as delineations between sections of a design, or they may be used to direct a viewer’s vision in one direction or another.

The width of a line has a direct effect on its visual impact. Thick lines are bold and strong; they draw attention to themselves. Thin lines tend to do the opposite. Color also effects the impact of a line, with brighter and darker colors drawing more attention than lighter and paler colors. The style of a line also has an effect: dotted or dashed lines are less imposing than solid lines.

Curved lines often give a more dynamic or fluid look to a design. They indicate movement and energy. They’re also more common in designs with an organic nature, as they’re more likely to be seen in nature. Straight lines are more formal and structured, and indicative of “civilized” culture.

Examples

RePrint

RePrint uses a number of curved lines to direct the eye of the visitor.

Reprint in A Graphic Design Primer, Part 1: The Elements of a Design

VideoDSLR

VideoDSLR uses straight lines of varying widths to delineate content sections.

Videodslr in A Graphic Design Primer, Part 1: The Elements of a Design

Justdot

Justdot is another example of a site that uses a lot of curved and dashed lines to indicate movement and energy.

Justdot in A Graphic Design Primer, Part 1: The Elements of a Design

Form

Forms are three-dimensional objects within a design, like a sphere or cube. You can have forms that are actually three-dimensional in your designs (like with product packaging), or forms that are actually two-dimensional but are displayed in a way as to imply that they’re three-dimensional (like a line-drawing of a cube).

Forms are common in actual three-dimensional graphic design, of course, but are also seen in web and print design. Website designs that use 3D techniques are making use of forms. Another common place to see forms is in logo designs where a sphere or cube is present.

Examples

Print Mor NYC

Print Mor NYC uses a 3D effect behind their main content.

Printmornyc in A Graphic Design Primer, Part 1: The Elements of a Design

Arlo Vance

Another example of a 3D effect in website design.

Arlovance in A Graphic Design Primer, Part 1: The Elements of a Design

Shape

Shapes are two-dimensional. Circles, squares, rectangles, triangles, and any other kind of polygon or abstract shape are included. Most designs include a variety of shapes, though deliberate use of specific shapes can give a design a certain mood or feeling.

For example, circles are often associated with movement, and also with organic and natural things. Squares are more often seen with orderly, structured designs. The color, style, and texture of a shape can make a huge difference in how it is perceived.

Examples

Method Design Lab

Method Design Lab uses ovals and other rounded shapes throughout their design.

Methoddesignlab in A Graphic Design Primer, Part 1: The Elements of a Design

Passion About Design

Circles are used throughout the design.

Passionaboutdesign in A Graphic Design Primer, Part 1: The Elements of a Design

Cappen

The Cappen site uses triangles throughout their site.

Cappen in A Graphic Design Primer, Part 1: The Elements of a Design

Texture

Textures are an important part of just about any design. Even designs that, on the surface, don’t seem to use textures actually are (“smooth” and “flat” are textures, too). Textures can add to the feeling and mood of a design, or they can take away.

The most commonly seen textures, apart from flat or smooth, are things like paper, stone, concrete, brick, fabric, and natural elements. Textures can be subtle or pronounced, used liberally or sparingly, depending on the individual design. But texture is an important aspect of design, that can have a surprising effect on how a design comes across.

Examples

The Heads of State

The Heads of State site uses a few subtle textures.

Theheadsofstate in A Graphic Design Primer, Part 1: The Elements of a Design

Doublenaut

Doublenaut uses a more pronounced texture in their background.

Doublenaut in A Graphic Design Primer, Part 1: The Elements of a Design

Cuban Council

The Cuban Council website uses textures on virtually every element of their design.

Cubancouncil in A Graphic Design Primer, Part 1: The Elements of a Design

Color

Color is often the most obvious thing about a design. We’re taught colors from an early age, and even go so far as to identify some things with color descriptors (“my green jacket” or “my red shoes”). Color is also capable of creating strong reactions among people, who consciously and subconsciously apply certain meanings or emotions to different colors (this is also influenced by culture, as many colors mean different things in different cultures).

Color theory is an important aspect of design, and something designers should at least have casual knowledge of. You should know the difference between a shade (when black is added to a pure color), tint (when white is added to a pure color) and tone (when gray is added to a pure color). You should also know terms like chroma, value, and hue. But more importantly, you should know how all these things work together to create a mood or feel in a design.

For a more complete overview of color theory, check out our archived series, Color Theory for Designers.

Examples

Go Live Button

The very bright colors used on the Go Live Button website have a definite impact on the perception of the visitor.

Golivebutton in A Graphic Design Primer, Part 1: The Elements of a Design

Camp David

The more muted colors here give a completely different feeling than the site above.

Campdavidfilm in A Graphic Design Primer, Part 1: The Elements of a Design

Old Putney Row to the Pole

The Old Putney Row to the Pole site uses darker but still muted colors, which gives yet another impression.

Rowtothepole in A Graphic Design Primer, Part 1: The Elements of a Design

Value

Value is closely related to color, but it’s more general. It’s how light or dark a specific design is. Again, this relates directly to the mood a piece gives. Darker designs convey a different feeling than lighter designs, even with all other design elements being equal. This is one reason you’ll often see designers releasing both light and dark versions of their themes.

Not every piece has a clear-cut value. With very colorful pieces, you might not really be able to tell how high or low the value is. One trick is to convert the design to grayscale, to get a better sense of how light or dark it is. You can also look at the histogram of an image to get an idea of where the value is more heavily concentrated.

Examples

This After That

This After That is an example of a site with a relatively light value.

Thisafterthat in A Graphic Design Primer, Part 1: The Elements of a Design

The Lounge

The Lounge has a relatively dark value.

Thelounge in A Graphic Design Primer, Part 1: The Elements of a Design

Space

There are two kinds of space in design: positive space and negative space. Positive space is that which is occupied by design elements. Negative space (also called “white space”) is the area that’s left over. The relationship between positive and negative space has a strong influence on how the design is perceived. Lots of negative space can give a piece a light, open feeling. A lack of negative space can leave a design feeling cluttered and too busy, especially if the designer is careless.

Negative space can create its own shapes and forms, which impact the design. Understanding the effect of negative space and how to use it to your advantage in a design is one of the most important techniques a designer can learn, and can make the difference between a good design and a great design.

Examples

80/20 Studio

80/20 Studio has a lot of negative space in their design.

8020studio in A Graphic Design Primer, Part 1: The Elements of a Design

Dazed Digital

Dazed Digital, on the other hand, has very little white space in their design.

Dazeddigital in A Graphic Design Primer, Part 1: The Elements of a Design

Poster Roast

Another example of a site without a whole lot of negative space.

Posterroast in A Graphic Design Primer, Part 1: The Elements of a Design

Up Next…

In the next installment, I’ll be covering the principles that make up a good design, and how to apply them to the elements we covered here.

Further Resources

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May 16 2011

16:38

Photoshop 101: How I do it – Unique Texture without using Brushes

I give away a LOT of stuff here on BittBox, mainly textures and brushes. The truth is, many of the textures are manufactured using recycled images I already have hanging around on my hard drive. I want to share one of my favorite ways to quickly add a little extra to a rather uninteresting texture, without using Photoshop brushes.

Photoshop 101: How I do it - Unique Texture without using Brushes

Step 1: Starting Image

A good example would be a paper texture, so let’s start with something like the image below.

Photoshop 101: How I do it - Unique Texture without using Brushes

Step 2: Secondary Image

My favorite genre of images for this technique would be nebulas. I like to use nebulas because they are very diverse, unique, and colorful. So pick out a nebula image from around the web and lets get started. This won’t take long at all.

Photoshop 101: How I do it - Unique Texture without using Brushes

Step 3: Invert the secondary image.

Open your starting image in Photoshop an put the secondary image on the layer above it. Then invert the secondary image by hitting Command/Control + I. You should now have something like this:

Photoshop 101: How I do it - Unique Texture without using Brushes

Step 4: Layer Mode

In the Layers panel, change the layer mode of your secondary (inverted) image to “Linear Burn.” Note: this doesn’t have to be the layer mode you use, sometimes I go with screen, overlay, or soft light for the most part.

Photoshop 101: How I do it - Unique Texture without using Brushes

Now you should have something like this:

Photoshop 101: How I do it - Unique Texture without using Brushes

Step 5: Opacity

I would say about 99% of the time, I like to adjust the opacity of the secondary image layer to let a little more of the starting (background) texture shine through.

Photoshop 101: How I do it - Unique Texture without using Brushes

Result:

And there you have it, a much more interesting texture from 2 simple images, in less than a minute, without using brushes at all. This is one of my favorite, yet simple ways to add a little something extra to mundane textures. I hope you enjoyed the tutorials, and don’t forget to play around with the layer modes. It really depends on the secondary image.

Photoshop 101: How I do it - Unique Texture without using Brushes

May 13 2011

18:20

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March 31 2011

20:54

Photoshop Tutorial: Make a Subtle Worn Texture (Requested) [HD Video]

A week or two ago, I gave away some textures I called “Simply Worn.” I was asked by many of you to make a tutorial on how I made those, and here it is. Best viewed fullscreen.

Photoshop: How to Make a Subtle Worn Texture from Jay Hilgert on Vimeo.

Link to the “Simply Worn Free Textures »

Photoshop Tutorial: Make a Simple Worn Texture [HD Video]

November 23 2010

20:24

How to Generate Noise with Canvas


Not too long ago, I noted on Twitter that it’d be fantastic if, one day, CSS3 provided support for adding noise to elements (not audio, but texture). After a bit of experimentation and Googling, I came across a solution that uses JavaScript and canvas to dynamically create noise.


The Screencast

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Final Source

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
<head>
    <meta charset="UTF-8" />
    <title>Noise</title>
</head>
<body>

   <script>
      function generateNoise(opacity) {
         if ( !!!document.createElement('canvas').getContext ) {
            return false;
         }
         var canvas = document.createElement('canvas'),
            ctx = canvas.getContext('2d'),
            x, y,
            r, g, b,
            opacity = opacity || .2;

         canvas.width = 55;
         canvas.height = 55;

         for ( x = 0; x < canvas.width; x++ ) {
            for ( y = 0; y < canvas.height; y++ ) {
               r = Math.floor( Math.random() * 255 );
               g = Math.floor( Math.random() * 255 );
               b = Math.floor( Math.random() * 255 );

               ctx.fillStyle = 'rgba(' + r + ',' + g + ',' + b + ',' + opacity + ')';
               ctx.fillRect(x, y, 1, 1);
            }
         }

         document.body.style.backgroundImage = "url(" + canvas.toDataURL("image/png") + ")";
      }

      generateNoise(.1);
   </script>
</body>
</html>

Conclusion

The big question: is it practical to use a solution like this? Ehh — technically, sure. Browsers that don’t support canvas will simply display a solid background color. That being said, a tiny 24-bit PNG still works perfectly, and is what I’ll most likely continue to use until a more convenient solution becomes available.

What do you think? Or better yet, do you know of a better solution? Mostly, the purpose of this tutorial is mostly to work with canvas a bit, and toy around with things! Thanks for watching, and thank you to Mitch Johnson for the concept.

October 04 2010

07:00

September 27 2010

10:42

Premium and free textures

Texture Palace adds premium size, and quality textures, for designers. Everyday uploaded textures, all of them free - and you can download them simply from the site.

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August 23 2010

22:02

Making a Photoshop Brush Part II: Texture Brushes

A long, long time ago I wrote a detailed tutorial on how to make a Photoshop brush. Today, I want to show how to make a texture brush. It’s one of my favorite ways to add texture to a design, without the need to mess with merging images and blending modes on top of that. Let’s get started.

Making a Photoshop Brush Part II: Texture Brushes

Start with a cool texture image.

Making a Photoshop Brush Part II: Texture Brushes

Making a Photoshop Brush Part II: Texture Brushes

The Setup

If you want to make a large brush, the maximum size is 2500 pixels (height or width, either one) Also, if you are running CS1 or earlier, your max size is probably 1000px. So with that said, you can create your file. Then place your image and get it positioned.

The Secret of Brush Making:

Our next step is to convert our image to black and white. Why? Because when making a brush, Photoshop treats pure white as 100% transparent, and pure black as 100% opaque. This is great because it means we don’t have to do any clipping and the images we use to make brushes can be very complex and still turn out decent.

Making a Photoshop Brush Part II: Texture Brushes

Convert to Black & White

There are multiple ways to convert to black and white but I like to either add an adjustment layer or simply go to Image > Adjustments > Black and White.

Making a Photoshop Brush Part II: Texture Brushes

Make your adjustments until you’re happy with your image. (doesn’t have to be perfect)

Making a Photoshop Brush Part II: Texture Brushes

Making a Photoshop Brush Part II: Texture Brushes

Additional Adjustments

Next, you have a lot of adjustment options, but I find the tweaking the “Levels” usually gets the job done. (Image > Adjustments > Levels) or CMND/CTRL + L.

Making a Photoshop Brush Part II: Texture Brushes

Making a Photoshop Brush Part II: Texture Brushes

Final Step:

Once your happy with your image simply go to the Edit menu and select “Define Brush Preset.”

Making a Photoshop Brush Part II: Texture Brushes

Name the brush if you want and then click “Ok.”

Done!

Now you have a brand new texture brush in your brushes palette. And you can do things like go from this:

Making a Photoshop Brush Part II: Texture Brushes

To this in a single click:

Making a Photoshop Brush Part II: Texture Brushes

It’s not a complicated process, but I’ve found texture brushes to be the most useful in my toolset. Hopefully you can too. Oh, and don’t forget to save your brushes from the brush palette menu or you’ll lose all your hard work!

Making a Photoshop Brush Part II: Texture Brushes

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